Niles West News

Theatre to Perform “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

By Mara Shapiro

May 21, 2012

Theatre's Advanced Theatre Studio class will be peforming their annual Portraits production, this year's being "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Tuesday, May 22 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.  in the Black Box Theatre. "The Perks of Bein...

“Chicago” Razzle Dazzles the Crowd

By Mara Shapiro

May 14, 2012

Students and staff alike stroll into the Robert L. Johnson Auditorium laughing, talking, and searching for seats. More chatter ensues until the lights dim and it is time to start the show.  "Chicago" begins with Velma Kelly, se...

Lights, Camera, “Chicago!”: An Inside Look at Niles West Theatre’s “Chicago”

By Mara Shapiro

May 3, 2012

[media id=198] Those who frequent Niles West Theatre productions know what the Black Box looks like when a performance is being held: lights, various props such as tables and chairs, and tons of different sets. However, Friday, A...

“The Taming of the Shrew” is a Hit

By Mara Shapiro

March 6, 2012

Before the play even starts there is a feel of Italy in the Black Box Theatre. A running fountain that reminds me of the ones in Old Orchard is set in the middle of the stage and a butler smiles politely as the audience files in. The viewing is in the...

Theatre to Present “The Taming of the Shrew”

By Mara Shapiro

February 22, 2012

Niles West theatre will be presenting "The Taming of the Shrew" Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Black Box Theatre. The play is based on William Shakespeare's very own rendition, except this version is set in Italy's 50's.  It's the tale of two sist...

School Board Changes Theatre Curriculum

By Mara Shapiro

February 7, 2012

Stagecraft is no longer available as electives for the upcoming  school year. Instead, elements from the course will be redistributed into Advanced Theatre Studio, as result of the Annual Review of Programs. Theatre Dire...

“The Phantom Tollbooth” is a Hit

By Mara Shapiro

December 15, 2011

  Not many people have heard of "The Phantom Tollbooth." As Theatre Director Andrew Sinclair said, "It's one of those hidden gems." Based on the book by Susan Nanus, the play really is a gem for people of all ages. No matter if you're 5 or 55, you will laugh and sympathize wit...

Theatre to Present ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

By Mara Shapiro

December 8, 2011

Niles West Theatre will present its annual children's play, this year's being "The Phantom Tollbooth," Thursday,Dec.8 through Saturday, Dec.10  in the Robert L. Johnson Auditorium. The play is based of the children's book by Norton Juster. It tells the story of a young boy named Mi...

Theatre to Perform “Xanadu” at Theatre Fest

By Mara Shapiro

December 5, 2011

Niles West Theatre will be performing the musical "Xanadu" this year at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival at Illinois State University Jan.5-Jan.7. The festival is the nation's largest, non-competitive high school theatre fest. It is in its 37 year and more than 4,000 Illinois high school students com...

Parents, Students Speak Out Against Proposed Curricula Changes

By Ivana Kosir

November 14, 2011

A town hall meeting allowed students, parents, and community members to express their opinions regarding the Annual Review of Programs for 2012-13 for District 219 schools Thursday, Nov. 3 at Niles North. According to the Annual Review of Programs, ...

“Xanadu” Shines

By Mara Shapiro

November 9, 2011

[singlepic id=2787 w=320 h=240 float=left]Guys in dresses and short-shorts, girls with ridiculously poofy hair, lots of singing, and roller skates? This is how Niles West Theatre's production of "Xanadu" appeared to the packed...

Inside Look at Niles West Theatre’s “Xanadu”

By Mara Shapiro

November 3, 2011

[media id=133] Flashing blue-colored lights seem to pop up from simple clicks of a keyboard from stage manager Aria Caldwell and assistant director Jason Magel, as the actors from Niles West Theatre's "Xanadu" finish their song...